Storm Lake teen finds working out with the guys to be a powerful motivation to get fitter and stronger.
Loud music, the smell of sweat - and her role as often the only girl in a crowd of power-lifting males - is what motivates Nickie Lussman when she walks into the Storm Lake High School weight room.
The Storm Lake senior, who stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 134 pounds, has proven able to put more weights on the bar than many of the guys in the school.
Lussman enrolled in a weight-lifting class her freshman year, and was a little surprised when she tested very well. Soon, her name was being put up in the weight room achievement wall as one of the strongest girls in the school, and she knew this was going to be something she would enjoy for a long time.
"I didn't really work too hard at it and got my name up on the board," Lussman said. "I thought that was pretty neat and I was pretty good at it so that gave me reason to work at it even more."
Lussman's goal was to bench press her own weight, a task she has recently surpassed. Lussman benches 135 pounds, squats 290 and hang clings 130.
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Lussman said she has many lifting partners in the weight room, but that she enjoys working out with the guys the most.